Last week, during the first full week of the Trump presidency, there was a quote by Carl Sagan that suddenly grew quite popular and was floating all over the place on the internet.
This quote basically tells of a future that he saw for America. Not a good, promising one, but rather a grim future during an information age of, in his words, "awesome technological powers" that remain "in the hands of a very few" and where leaders cannot even begin to understand the issues of the day, let alone be trusted to fix them.
In this alarmingly accurate vision, he saw his country slipping "almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness..."
Well, that is indeed a fascinating quote, and it seems very understandable why it was floating around so prominently around the internet, given how accurate it appears to be in this age of a Donald Trump presidency, where facts and the plain truth no longer seem to hold currency in the opinions of most, and where our "leaders" offer dumbed down "solutions" which are actually themselves at least part of the problem, if not outright the problem themselves. This dark world was one of very short soundbites and television programming that catered exclusively to the lowest common denominator and where the entire culture seemed to be sacrificed to "a kind of celebration of ignorance."
This does indeed seem to have come to pass, as Sagan's dark vision for the future has largely come true. Here is the full quote:
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...
"The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The internet is freaking out over this spooky prediction by Carl Sagan about the future It's disturbingly accurate. BEC CREW 25 JAN 2017